> Eleanor Brown has written a wonderfully literate debut novel in The Weird Sisters. Three sisters, Rose (Rosaline), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia), have simultaneously returned to their childhood home in a small college town in
The Weird Sisters is narrated as a creative blend of the voices of the three sisters and provides insight into their relationship with each other and with their parents, making this a great read for fans of women’s fiction. The entire family’s love of books and reading also makes this an appealing read for all bibliophiles, not just those who love all things Shakespeare.
>This book is one of those that you become part of, it’s as if you have known the story all along. Larry never fitting in with people, has lived his live being made fun of and ridiculed. So, when an opportunity comes up for Larry to prove that he is worthy to be one of them, Larry grabs it. That opportunity turns into a lifetime nightmare. Thirty years later, Larry is still wondering about that night, while the rest of the town “knows” he was the one that was responsible, although nothing was ever proven. When a second event occurs in Larry’s little town, Larry is everyone’s suspect. While recovering in the Hospital, Larry wonders if maybe he did have something to do with the second victims demise. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, is a murder mystery with character development that keeps you thinking even after it’s all said and done.
>William Doyle, an English spy stationed in revolutionary France, finds Marguerite de Fleurignac hiding in the remnants of her burned out chateau. She is the key to completing his mission of finding her father and a list of names of English military men he put together. Marguerite is determined to find her father and reunite with her family after the burning of the chateau, which fits right into William’s plans, so he maneuvers himself into escorting her to Paris. Along the way, Marguerite and William meet with other members of Marguerite’s network, La Fleche, that spirits people condemned to the guillotine out of the country. The two also come to admire each others’ intelligence and cunning in navigating the dangerous world of revolutionary France. Their attraction grows as they near Paris and the increased danger therein during the height of Robespierre’s Great Terror.
Bourne has created a wonderful romance between two strong, charismatic characters in The Forbidden Rose. The backdrop of revolutionary France and the Great Terror adds a sense of urgency and suspense to an already strong plot. The depth and relationships with the secondary characters also increases the appeal of this sensual love story.
“There’s no place like home.” I know all of us Kansans get a bit tired of hearing quotes from the Wizard of Oz, but some of them are just plain true. I read Snow Melts in Spring mostly because it takes place nearby, in the area of the world I love more than any other. It’s set in a small town in the Flint Hills and K-State Vet School makes many appearances.
Mattie Evans is a veterinarian struggling to establish her practice after a series of patients that died of unexplained causes. Her staunchest supporter, John McCray asks her to save his son’s horse after a horrible accident. John’s son Gil has been away in California playing pro football for several years. The news of the accident draws him back home to tend to his horse and face painful memories from his past.
Mattie and Gil work together in the midst of many trials, forging a bond of love and faith that is tested when it is time for him to return to his “normal” life. Vogts tells an inspirational story with a backdrop of beautiful grasses and rolling hills.
The story of a small town football team with phenomenal success inspired a New York Times sportswriter to move to Smith Center, KS for one year to find out what it was all about. Our Boys: a perfect season on the plains with the Smith Center Redmen is the tale of what he found there. He discovered a coach that is just as concerned with his players’ success off the field as on and a town that demonstrates the best of what America’s heartland represents.
For 17 years the people of Small Plains, KS have wondered about the strange happenings connected with the grave of a teenage girl. It’s never been clear what happened the night she died, but Abby Reynolds starts asking questions in an attempt to find the truth. The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard is a novel full of suspense and unexpected plot twists, a memorable read.